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Kashmir’s Palladium cinema

The story of the conflict in Kashmir told through the life and times of a burnt-out movie theatre

Kanishk Tharoor explores artefacts and landmarks caught up in India and Pakistan's independence in 1947. In this episode, the life and times of the Palladium cinema.

The Palladium was one of Srinagar’s oldest and most popular movie theatres. It was on Lal Chowk, a square in the heart of the city. From the 1940s, the building was the backdrop to many of Kashmir's major political events. Today it stands in ruins, an unexpected casualty of the ongoing conflict, and now, there are no public cinemas left in Srinagar.

Presented by Kanishk Tharoor
Produced by Maryam Maruf

Contributors: Krishna Mishri; Imtiyaz; and Neerja Mattoo

With thanks to Andrew Whitehead

Museum of Lost Objects series two is broadcast on BBC World Service.

Image: Cadets during a National Conference rally at Lal Chowk, Srinagar 1944 Credit: India Picture

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